Commando Steve said: “The Biggest Loser Club Challenge is all about stripping down, in more ways than one. We want you to burn fat and lose weight, but you’ve also got to drop the heavy emotional load you’ve been carrying and find inner confidence.
That’s what this week’s challenge is all about ... and I’ve got to warn you, Amy, it’s a toughie. I want you to do two sessions in the pool this week. That means a swimsuit and baring some skin, but I know you’ll dive into it. Your first session should include as many laps as you can, trying out a variety of strokes, and I want your second session to be a group aqua class.
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|OMG, it's totally ME!|
Personally, I think the head-to-toe suit would be far more comfortable for me, however swimming may prove problematical... but given my aversion to "showing skin", I'm willing to sacrifice my aquatic prowess to retain some self-respect!!! ...see my dilemma here!!!
|...that's more like it!!|
This weeks' challenge - despite my obvious body issues - is one I'm quite happy and willing to do! Not because I'm sadistic and love to push myself beyond my comfort-limits (oh, who am I kidding.. yes I am?!)... but more for the fact that it's been WAY too long between swims, and this'll force the issue and get me back into the water! Can't let my Team down now can I?! (JUST SWIM fishy SWIM!)
Let me tell you a little story...
I used to LOVE to swim - I was quite good at it too when I was younger. We had a pool in the backyard, and I wasn't phased by the water at all. LOVED to dive in and regurgitate half that chlorine back out again later, and really, it's a pure JOY for kids to swim. Full stop!
... then I grew up, and I got very (VERY) body conscious. As the weight started to creep on, so did the embarrassment of being seen doing things like this - least of all in minimal clothing! I've spoken about it before, in the forums (etc) that I would wear as much "non-revealing" clothing as possible (including jumpers in the middle of summer with 40degree heat!)... all because I hated how I looked.
So it only took one 'incident' to wipe me clean of the love of swimming... and ofcourse, it had to be a school PE session that did it... naturally! Off the class had ventured down to the town pool - and I HATED the prospect of having to do sports anyway (fat kid trying to do sport = humiliation), least of all strip down to swimmers for a pool session - but I'd get in trouble for not participating...
So this one particular day, I walk out of the changeroom in my swimmers, covered in a t-shirt and trying desperately to hide behind my towel. My swimmers were really old, worn out around the legs, and the elastic had given, so they weren't exactly sitting the way they should have... and un-lucky me, the shirt I'd brought wasn't long enough to cover it (a mistake I've learnt to regret!!!). As one of the last to leave the changeroom (as you do - it's like walking the "green mile"), the whole class of boys was sitting out there - in a pack - and as soon as I walked past.... ohhh the laughter. Yup, still echoes in my ears right now... ugh!
Needless to say, I didn't swim for PE ever again, and as it turned out, I never hit the water for another 15 years thereafter because of it... I gave up one of my most loved activities because I lived in a body that I was made to feel ashamed of.
I missed out on swimming during holidays, excursions, outings... everything. If there was water involved, you can guarantee I was NOT in it. I've even ventured to the beach and NOT swum in the ocean. I even missed out on the SUPER FUN adventure of a wet jumping castle that ended up in our backyard one year for my sister's birthday with an attached Slip'n'Slide... OHHHH I can't believe I missed THAT!! (regret!!!!!)
|Yeah, you Olympic Swimmers have got nothin' on me... !!|
First time I tried to walk through the gates, my knees were trembling, I was almost at hyperventilation-mode and I was about to burst into tears - my sister had to coax me through the gates, telling me it'd be ok... The most painful part was 'disrobing' from the changerooms to the pool - but once I hit the water.... OH MY GOD. I can't tell you guys how LIBERATING it felt to be able to do that... and as it turned out, despite the constant self-conscious issues OUT of the pool, we ventured back to hit the water quite a few times thereafter.
.... until the latter part of Bathurst's Winter hit, I lost my nerve again, and I haven't been back in since!
That was two years ago now - and I'm what... 50kilos lighter (give or take) and I'm back to dreading being seen?!! What is with that?!!!
SO, what better way to force myself back into that pool than copping a challenge I simply can't say no to! (my stubbornness prevents it!!!). When I ventured to the gym for the first time a few months ago, the fact they had an indoor pool was a BIG selling point for me - it's something I've been trying to coax myself into doing since - but I've been too chicken...
Given I'm now confident enough to hit the gym - AND with bare arms might I add - it's time to up the ante...
Throw me into the drink already!! You don't get anywhere day-dreaming about these things... It's time for this little Nemo to get her swim on!
SO, tomorrow it is! No idea what I'm wearing into the pool though - I don't own swimmers that fit (the last pair were a size 26 stretched to the absolute max!)... but that won't stop me! Will probably PASS on the bikini though (thanks, haha).... and as long as I'm not naked, I really don't think they'll complain (hahahaha)...
NO EXCUSES! I WILL hit that pool after my RPM class tomorrow, and I WILL do my laps! It's time to get a bit chloriney...! Further reports to follow....
* * * * *LATE BREAKING NEWS:
Oh my gosh guys, now I KNOW you all know I'm a bit of a clown when it comes to photos, etc... Well off I went in search of my goggles for the photo on here... and opened up my very bottom drawer in the search to find them AND something to wear in the pool tomorrow. The drawer where you stash things you don't really use, then forget you even have them there... (also works at the back of the wardrobe, haha!)
WELL... let me tell you about my VERY overwhelming discovery just then! Again, another FITTING discovery and far out Universe, what is it with you and these pivotal timings lately?!!! Given we've just been discussing high school, I find two very significant items sitting in the bottom of the drawer.... one's I'd totally forgotten about, but given my current topic, curiosity dragged them out...
Only took 15 years... ?! Ouch....
(You know what the biggest bonus to this is though - it's TOO FREAKING BIG!!!) Small mercies...!
Must EVERYTHING be so emotional?!!! Gah!!!! ... !